• Thu, Nov 17 2011

Poll: Is It Worth It To Sneak In A Thanksgiving Workout?

Earlier this week, readers resoundingly answered that it was time to stop worrying about holiday weight gain. But does that mean bucking your fitness and health plans for the entire Thanksgiving weekend? Is it worth it to sneak away during the festivities to fit in a workout?

Even if you really don’t care about keeping your weight down, exercise is still awesome for your mood, your heart, and just about every other part of your body. But if you’re surrounded with family members and friends during the long holiday break, you may be hesitant to excuse yourself to, say, go for a brisk outdoor run. You also may be faced with a few sideways glances as you’re lacing up during the halftime show. But then again, a bit of you-time spent on snowshoes or at a gym that might be open may be the only want to preserve your sanity when faced with that many relations–or worse, in-laws.

So what do you think? Is trying to get a workout in worth it? Or should we hang up our shoes for a full four days of autumnal fun?

Sorry! This poll is now closed.

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  • Lena Rakijian

    I think working out over the holiday can be a wonderful and positive choice! A lot of local communities sponsor Thanksgiving “Turkey Trots” on the morning of the glorious food and family laden holiday. Starting your morning running/walking a 5k is not only good for your body but good for an important cause. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, being thankful for what you have and giving back to others :)

    • Hanna Brooks Olsen

      Agreed! I think next year I’m going to try to get in on one of those kinds of races.

  • Jenn

    Why do you have treat it like you’re sacrificing family time for exercise? I get up early and go for a run pretty much every Thanksgiving, whether it’s alone or a local Turkey Trot. If I’m running a race, my husband comes with me. I’m back before most of my family is even awake. I don’t think about “running during the holidays.” It’s a Thursday, so I’m going to go for a run, unless I’m injured.